Christopher Chen

Christopher Chen, Playwright

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Representative Plays: 

Caught (2017)


Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose works have been produced across the United States and abroad. His play CAUGHT was a New York Times Critics' Pick, and enjoyed a sold out run at The Play Company. Honors include the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award (co-winner); the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at Vineyard Theatre; the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play; PHINDIE Critics' Award; the Glickman Award; the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award; shortlist for the James Tait Black Award; nomination for the Steinberg Award; 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theatre International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy; a MAP Fund Grant; a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; and finalist for the PoNY and Jerome Fellowships. His works have been produced and developed at companies such as American Conservatory Theater, Arcola Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Ground Floor, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, Edinburgh Fringe, hotINK Festival, Impact Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, Seattle Public Theater, Shotgun Players, Sideshow Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Sundance Theatre Lab, Mu Performing Arts, U.C. Berkeley/Zellerbach Playhouse, and the Vineyard. Publications include Dramatists Play Service, American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Bay Area, and Theater Magazine (Yale). A San Francisco native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.

Source: Dramatists Play Service 


NYU Contemporary Playwrights of Color Profile

Professional Website

New York Times Article

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